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Top considerations for divorcing LGBTQ+ spouses with age gaps

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce can be complex. This is often particularly true for LGBTQ+ couples facing significant age differences.

An age gap can directly and indirectly affect many areas of the divorce.

Alimony considerations

Alimony, or spousal support, may occur in divorces where there is a significant disparity in earning capacity between spouses. Age difference can impact these considerations, particularly if the older spouse is nearing retirement age or is in retirement. Courts may take into account the duration of the marriage, each spouse’s financial needs and abilities and any sacrifices the spouses made during the marriage.

Retirement planning

For couples with substantial age gaps, divorce can significantly impact retirement plans. The division of retirement accounts and pensions may need careful negotiation. Older spouses may have to reconsider their retirement timeline and financial goals, while younger spouses may need to adjust their long-term savings strategy.

Asset and debt division

In divorces involving significant age gaps, asset and debt division can become more intricate. Florida follows the principle of equitable distribution. These assets and debts acquired during the marriage are typically divided fairly, though not necessarily equally. Factors such as earning potential, contributions to the marriage and the length of the union may influence this division.

Emotional considerations

Divorce is inherently emotional. Significant age differences can add layers of complexity to the emotional landscape. Seeking support from friends, family or a therapist can be helpful for both spouses during this challenging time. This is particularly true in light of the fact that LGBTQ+ individuals may face unique social and cultural pressures during their divorce.

By seeking appropriate guidance and support, individuals can work toward a resolution that allows them to move forward with their lives.